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Shifting Perspective — My Toddler Is A Giant!

By dearcrissy |

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Today, I introduced my newborn, Kara, to the readers on Baby’s First Year.

I knew that it would be a bit of a shock to have a wrinkly little newborn in my arms again, but what I didn’t realize was that the way in which I see my toddler was going to shift so dramatically.

Before I went into the hospital to give birth to Kara, I kissed my sweet, seemingly little 2-year-old Evan goodbye. When I saw him again in just a couple short days, I didn’t see the same tiny little toddler in front of me. My perspective had shifted so dramatically that I had a hard time coping with what I was seeing before me.

I saw a big kid. A really big kid. Big head, big eyes, big nose, thick adult hair and long lanky limbs.

Combine this visual shift with some raging hormones and a good dose of guilt, and I felt bewildered. I was so worried that my first baby was going to have a problem adjusting that I just wanted to cry when I looked at him.

I know that Evan is still only 2-years-old, and that he is a baby in many ways, but wow. I can’t help but notice the stark differences between him and our new baby, and the whole thing is just a little overwhelming for me.

Did your view of your other children shift after bringing home a new baby?

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Crissy is a blogger and stay at home mom who resides in the Midwest with her two children. She has contributed to Babble, allParenting, BabyCenter and New Parent. In addition to writing, she also adores photography. More of her work can be found on her website, Dear Crissy.

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7 thoughts on “Shifting Perspective — My Toddler Is A Giant!

  1. Tragic Sandwich says:

    Baguette is our first child. However, since we got back from the hospital nearly two years ago, I have said that there is nothing like bringing an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby home to make a toy poodle look huge.

  2. Apparently P says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been dreading — that my little boy won’t seem like my baby anymore! I’m having #2 on this coming Tuesday and my first baby is just a little over two. When I put the newborn diapers next to his size 5′s it was quite a shock. I guess I didn’t realize how big he had gotten, but it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in it being a bit overwhelming.

  3. Darcie says:

    Oh boy, can I relate! I gave birth 5 weeks ago to our daughter and wow, Im shocked at how much of a little person he is compared to Lani. Hes not a baby anymore, but he’ll always be my baby. Hes been doing great since his sisters arrival. I agree, it is most deffinetly overwelming.

  4. Sarah says:

    I experienced the same exact thing this week! My 16 month old son, who is even small for his age, suddenly seems ginormous next to my 7lb newborn. Where did my “baby” go?!?!

  5. Catherine S says:

    I left my 5 year old baby at home with his auntie when I went to give birth to the baby and came home to a 5 year old GIGANTOR boy. I just stared at his feet and then the new baby’s feet in amazement. It was like he’d grown exponentially in the few days while I was in the hospital. I swear he was a baby when I left.
    A “Whoa!” moment for sure; my mind was blown.

  6. amanda says:

    You named your child after bread?…………what is wrong with you hipsters?

  7. Georgia says:

    My son is a very very tall 5 yr old, but seeing him after my petite daughter was born… Holy cow! He was almost 9 lbs at birth and my daughter was 7. I looked at my husband (totally freaked out) and asked him if our son was a giant. I was convinced he had grown about two feet in the one day that I didn’t see him. Glad to see Im not alone in this! It totally freaked me out!!

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